October is a very busy month for racing fans. The last big meetings of the flat take place at Newmarket, Ascot and Doncaster; and the first big meetings over jumps are run at Chepstow and Cheltenham. That genesis of the jumps season is an exciting time for the sport, with its far better defined narrative, and its familiar plot lines and main characters.
So it's probably no surprise that plenty of information products and tipster services appear at this stage. The good news is that some of these services are very smart indeed. The even better news is that most of them are also prepared to show you what they're about with high quality free - or 'freemium' - content.
In this post, I'm going to share a few of the better freebies, and tell you what I know about the main product that is being sold. Feel free to grab whatever takes your fancy, and do look into any of the services/products that fit your approach to betting.
OK, with that said, let's get started:
Freebie #1 - Irish Trainer Track Stats
Trainer Track Stats, or TTS, is a product I founded way back in 2006. Its premise is simple: some trainers habitually perform well at some tracks, with specific types of horse. In this freebie, Gavin Priestley - my great mate and TTS' new author - has put together the pick of the Irish trainer/track pairings.
The Main Offer - Trainer Track Stats
I reviewed TTS here last week. This service is, quite simply, one of the most time-proven, consistent season-to-season profit-makers on the market. It has made a profit in EVERY ONE of its eight seasons to date, and is already just over five points up this term.
I love the product - as I should seeing as it was 'my baby' - and I'm very pleased with how Gavin has taken the idea and continued to add value to it... and to turn a profit with it for his subscribers.
This is, in my opinion, about a hundred pounds cheaper than it should be, making it the best value package on offer.
Freebie #2 - Narrowing The Field Bumper Compendium
NTF is another excellent product, and one which I've kept on side since its inception in 2009, and which has served me very well. Ben Aitken, the creator, works with both trends and dosage profiles, and it's that latter element which sets him apart from the sea of trends-based offerings. He covers all the big races through the year, and there are plenty of illustrations of Ben's work in this bumper download pack.
The Main Offer - Narrowing The Field
As I've mentioned above, Ben covers all of the main races throughout the National Hunt season, starting this Saturday. In total, he'll be covering over 140 races between now and late April. On top of that, Ben also flags his UTR Squad - under the radar horses which he believes will more than pay their way as the season progresses.
And, as well as that, subscribers receive Ben's weekend notes, and his Cheltenham Festival ante post service.
The normal price of the full service is £155. But, and I'm not supposed to put this here (!), this link will get you in for a discount:
Freebie #3 - Hot Novice Hurdlers
You may have seen some emails around yesterday for this. I was supposed to mention it to you then, but regular readers will know that Chris mails out our reviews round up on Wednesdays.
This is a betting system for the National Hunt season, and it has a very high strike rate. Not only that, but if you register for it, you'll receive the qualifiers to your inbox each time there's a runner, so you'll never have to worry about missing one.
It's based on good logic and should continue to pay its way this season.
The Main Offer - Boys Beat Girls
I'll be honest, I haven't seen the 2014/15 version of this yet, so I can't really comment on that. What I can tell you is that the logical premise is very sound, and in previous years it has served me personally very well.
If you register for the free service, I'm sure you'll receive more information on which to base your own judgement; and I'm waiting on my 'review' copy as I write. When I receive that, I'll be sure to update this section. This product is not available yet in any case, so do get the Hot Novice Hurdlers system in the meantime.
Freebie #4 - Cheltenham Showcase Meeting Micro System
Tony Mac, owner of Irish Big Race Trends and horse-racing.ie, has put together a little micro-system specifically for use this weekend (Friday and Saturday) for the Showcase Meeting at Cheltenham. It's "the home of National Hunt" 's first meeting of the new season, and this could help you get ahead from the outset.
The Main Offer - Cheltenham Insider's Insight Pack
Tony has pulled some strings to bring together a 'brains trust' of media experts, which includes geegeez' own Tony Stafford; ATR's Tony Ennis; Racing UK analyst, Andy Richmond; Paul Ferguson, author of Jumpers To Follow; Sean Quinn, assistant trainer to John Quinn; and Dean Ryan, broadcaster on Racing FM.
These guys know their onions from their tomatoes and will each be offering 'three to follow' at each of the Cheltenham meetings throughout the season. They'll be covering eight meetings, which combined amount to sixteen top class race days, and Tony has this very reasonably priced at just €20 (£15.99 when I just checked in the currency converter!).
Tony's also including some interesting micro system angles for the season and, all in all, it's great value especially for more occasional punters.
Freebie #5 - Geegeez Full Form Filters
For no real reason, I thought I'd sneak this on the end here! I say 'no real reason' because I'd expect you to know by now that the geegeez racecards include far and away the most powerful free form tool in Britain, Full Form Filters.
If you've not checked this out yet, you are seriously missing a trick. What do they do? Well, what you want them to do, really. You can take a horse with, say, thirty career starts, and filter its lifetime form for today's going, or class, or course, or distance, or handicap (or non-handicap), or trainer, or jockey, or recent run performance, or performance after a break, or wins only, or places only, or win and placed, or unplaced only. Or any combination of those. Phew.
You can look just at this year's form, or the last two, or three, or four, or five years. And... you can do the same for trainers and jockeys!
Oh, and did I mention that this tool is free to all registered geegeez users? 😉
p.s. you'll also then be eligible to see more Gold content via both the Race of the Day (3.50 Wincanton today) and Feature of the Day (which, today, is Instant Expert for ALL races).
The Main Offer - Geegeez Gold
Geegeez Gold is developing into a powerhouse form-based race cards solution. It has something of great value for bettors of any level of knowledge, experience and/or time, from superb profitable tips (Stat of the Day, two out of three this week; and Double Dutch, two winning doubles in the past four days), to insightful pace analysis for all UK (and, very soon, all Irish) races.
You'll get pace analysis, winner-finding reports, trainer/jockey stats, form profiling shortlists, breeding and form comments, head to head data, a horse/trainer/jockey tracker, and oodles more besides.
And, as of today, I've opened up a VERY small handful of Lifetime Subscription spaces, which I expect to go pretty quickly when I mention this properly in a couple of days' time. You can get a head start and guarantee your spot here:
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